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2021 Top 100 Best Places to Live In America Sponsored by: See homes for sale on Movoto by OJO

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Civics 36
Demographics 45
Economy 67
Education 67
Health 71
Housing 57
Infrastructure 48
Amenities73
Remote Ready41

#45. Pittsburgh, PA

A few years ago, Duolingo popped up a billboard in San Francisco that said: “Own a home. Work in tech. Move to Pittsburgh.” Job applications came pouring into the language learning app’s Pennsylvania headquarters. A former steel city, Pittsburgh, PA has reinvented itself into a thriving innovation hub and is home to a diverse group of startups. It’s also a top city for first-time homebuyers because of its affordable entry points. Those who migrate here from coastal cities don’t have to sacrifice big-city amenities, though. Pittsburgh has professional sports teams, a thriving arts and culture scene, breweries for all types of beer lovers and top-notch universities. 

Top Colleges/Universities: University of Pittsburgh & Carnegie Mellon University

Top Industries & Employers: Pittsburgh’s leading industries include advanced manufacturing, health care, energy, business and financial services, and information tech. Some major employers include Alcoa Inc., Kraft Heinz Co. and Highmark Health.

Weekend Plans: Cheer on the Pirates, Penguins and Steelers. Other must-do’s include a visit to the Andy Warhol Museum and the August Wilson African American Cultural Center. Finally, for the very best panorama of Pittsburgh and its three rivers, ride the Duquesne Incline, a historic cable car. 

Favorite Place to Feast: Fig & Ash, which serves wood-fired, house-milled grains and seasonal veggies.

Beloved Beverage: Beer. Sample the best along the Pittsburgh Brewery Trail, which includes more than 30 spots. 

Outdoorsy Activity: Rent a bike from one of the 100 Healthy Ride stations and explore the city on two wheels.

Rooftop Bar: Nine stories above William Penn Place, Biergarten serves European beers and bites like soft pretzels with beer cheese.

Why Your Pet Will Love It, Too: Rent a kayak from Venture Outdoors and explore downtown Pittsburgh’s waterways. Pets are welcome to join you. 

Remote Work Perk: Break up your workday with a walk. There are 24 miles of riverfront trails.

One More Thing … Pittsburgh is known as the “City of Bridges” thanks to its 446 bridges, more than Venice, Italy, or any other city in the world.

– Brittany Anas

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